Politics As Usual

The Sunday Virginian-Pilot has expanded political coverage.  I try to keep an open mind about political issues, although my leanings have generally been conservative.  By conservative, I mean that I believe such things as government isn’t the answer to everything; usually business can do a more effective job, but if business cannot, then it becomes the government’s job.  The US Interstate system is one such example.  I believe that America owes everyone a chance to succeed, success is the individual’s responsibility.  I also believe that for every right there is a commensurate responsibility.  I also believe that “We the People” (that’s a catchy phrase) have and continue to come together to create, sustain and empower this nation rather than the other way around.

As I read the paper this morning before church, I was struck by two thoughts:

  1.  When we elect people to represent us, there is the expectation that they will be smart enough and pragmatic enough to figure out how to make things work.   Rhetoric has its place, but it is results that count.  In the sixties we said, “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”  It seems like the congressional politicians who are getting the most press are not part of the solution.
  2. I don’t particularly like taxes.  Neither do I like to undergo any medical procedure that involves either fiber optics or electrocoagulation, however some such procedures are necessary.  The same is true of taxes.  If over the past few years the wealthy had been creating jobs, I think most of us would enthusiastically support continuing their tax breaks so that they could create even more jobs.  However, the unemployment statistics show a very different story, and it would appear that much of the wealth that exists has not been put to work.  We are all stewards; when we are granted a gift, we are expected to do something of value with it.

In the New Testament, there is a parable of a master who gives three servants “talents” to oversee.  Two invest and manage to return double the value to the delight of the master who rewards them.  The third buries his out of fear and is punished for being lazy.  Seems like there are a lot of buried talents these days.

There are many who can impact the economy in a positive way, but have chosen not to.  Large corporations claim it is not them, but small businesses that create jobs.  Others claim that they are afraid to create jobs, because they don’t know what regulations the government will create.

America has always honored and benefited from those who achieved things.  Thomas Edison created new industries with jobs for workers making electrical lights and appliances as well as the motion picture and recording industries.  Henry Ford created jobs with the automotive assembly line.  Charles Lindbergh helped create the airline industry. These men were far from perfect but they tried and persevered and we benefitted from what they achieved.

Wonder if there are any Americans today who will get us back on track.

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